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DECEMBER 9, 2015
Board Tour  1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Members of the Board and staff will participate in a field trip to explore issues and activities related to wildfire recovery and resiliency in the South Central Subregion. Members of the public are invited to participate in the field tour but are responsible for their own transportation and lunch. The tour will start in the main parking lot of the Best Western Plus Sonora Oaks Hotel & Conference Center located at 19551 Hess Avenue in Sonora, CA, 95370. (MAP)

Reception  5:30 – 7:00 p.m. 
Following the Board tour, Boardmembers and staff will attend a reception open to the public. The reception will be held at the Sonora Inn located at 160 South Washington Street, Sonora, CA, 95370. (MAP)


DECEMBER 10, 2015
Board Meeting   8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  (End time is approximate)
Best Western Plus Sonora Oaks
Hotel & Conference Center
19551 Hess Avenue
Sonora, CA  95370 (MAP)

I. Call to Order

II. Oath of Office for New Boardmembers

III. Roll Call

IV. Closed Session (this portion of the meeting is not open to the public.)
Evaluation of the performance of the Executive Officer by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy Board. (Government Code, Section 11126, subdivision (a)(1).)

RESUME OPEN SESSION APPROXIMATELY 9:30 A.M.

V. Approval of September 3, 2015, Meeting Minutes (ACTION)
ACTION:  Boardmember Louis Boitano moved, and Boardmember Ron Hames seconded, a motion to approve the September 3, 2015, meeting minutes. The motion passed unanimously.

VI. Public Comments
Provide an opportunity for the public to comment on non-agenda items.

VII. Board Chair’s Report

VIII. Executive Officer’s Report (INFORMATIONAL)
a. Administrative Update
b. Policy and Outreach Update -- Attachment A
c. Report on the Butte Fire -- Presentation
d. Miscellaneous Updates

IX. Deputy Attorney General’s Report (INFORMATIONAL)

X. Election of Chair and Vice Chair (ACTION)
The Board will elect a Chair and Vice Chair for 2016.
ACTION: Boardmember John Brissenden moved, and Boardmember Ron Hames seconded, a motion to elect BJ Kirwan as the 2016 Sierra Nevada Conservancy Board Chair. The motion passed unanimously.

ACTION: Boardmember John Brissenden moved, and Boardmember Louis Boitano seconded, a motion to elect Boardmember Pam Giacomini as the 2016 Sierra Nevada Conservancy Board Vice-Chair. The motion passed unanimously.

XI. 2016 Board Meeting Schedule (ACTION)
The Board will review and approve a schedule for Board meetings for calendar year 2016.
ACTION:  Boardmember Pam Giacomini moved, and Boardmember Ron Hames seconded, a motion approve the proposed Board meeting schedule for 2016. The motion passed unanimously.

XII. SNC Strategic Action Plan (ACTION) -- Attachment A -- Attachment B -- Presentation
The Board may act to approve the SNC Strategic Action Plan.
ACTION:  Boardmember Doug Teeter moved, and Boardmember Randy Fletcher seconded, a motion to approve the proposed Sierra Nevada Conservancy 2016-19 Strategic Action Plan, including the January 2016-June 2017 actions. The motion passed unanimously.

XIII. 2014-15 Annual Report (ACTION)
Staff will provide an outline of plans to produce the 2014-15 Annual Report. The Board may provide direction and act to authorize staff to proceed with the production of the Annual Report.
ACTION:  Boardmember Bob Johnston moved, and Boardmember John Brissenden seconded, a motion to approve the proposed approach for completing the 2014-15 Annual Report. The motion passed unanimously.

XIV. 2015-16 Proposition 1 Grant Awards (ACTION) -- Table 1 -- Project Map -- Presentation
The Board may take action on recommended grants to be awarded under the 2015-16 Proposition 1 Grant Program. Staff will present the following projects and their related California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documents to the Board for Action:

Project #828, Hirschman’s Pond Forest Health Project, with Notice of Exemption from CEQA

Project #832, Diamond Mountain Watershed Restoration Project (USFS), with Notice of Exemption from CEQA

Project #835, Magalia Forest Health Management Project, with Notice of Exemption from CEQA

Project #843, Oak Creek Watershed Restoration Project, with Notice of Exemption from CEQA

Project #845, Big Tree Creek Watershed Forest Restoration, with Notice of Exemption from CEQA
ACTION:  Boardmember Louis Boitano moved, and Boardmember Bob Johnston seconded, a motion to (a) authorize the Executive Officer to file Notices of Exemption for the Hirschman’s Pond Forest Health Project (SNC 828), the Diamond Mountain Watershed Restoration Project (832), the Magalia Forest Health Management Project (SNC 835), the Oak Creek Watershed Restoration Project (843), and the Big Tree Creek Watershed Forest Restoration (SNC 845); and, (b) authorize a grant award to each of the above listed projects for the amounts recommended by staff, and further authorize staff to enter into the necessary agreements for the recommended projects.  Boardmember Doug Teeter recused himself from the approval on project 835.  The motion passed unanimously.

XV. Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program Regional Strategy (ACTION) -- Attachment A -- Attachment B
The Board may act to adopt the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Plan Regional Strategy.
ACTION:  Boardmember John Brissenden moved, and Boardmember Pam Giacomini seconded, a motion to approve the draft Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Plan Regional Strategy and direct staff to finalize it following review and input from the United States Forest Service and other partners. The motion passed unanimously.

XVI. Natural Disaster Resiliency Competition Grant (ACTION)
Staff will brief the Board on the SNC’s involvement on a grant application by the State Housing and Community Department to secure funding for activities related to create resiliency in the landscape affected by the Rim Fire.
ACTION:  Boardmember Pam Giacomini moved, and Boardmember Allen Ishida seconded, a motion to authorize the Executive Officer, contingent upon the award of funds from the Natural Disaster Resilience Competition, to enter necessary and appropriate agreements to administer the Forest and Watershed Health and Biomass and Wood Products Facility activities identified in the application, provided that adequate funding will be provided to the Conservancy. The motion passed unanimously.

XVII. Boardmembers’ Comments
Provide an opportunity for members of the Board to make comments on items not on the agenda.

XVIII. Public Comments
Provide an opportunity for the public to comment on non-agenda items.

XIX. Adjournment

 


Meeting Materials are available on the SNC Web site at www.sierranevada.ca.gov.  For additional information, or to submit written comment on any agenda item, please contact Ms. Armstrong at (530) 823-4700, toll free at (877) 257-1212, via email at Tristyn.armstrong@sierranevada.ca.gov, in person or by mail at: 11521 Blocker Drive, Suite 205, Auburn CA 95603. If you need reasonable accommodations, please contact Ms. Armstrong at least five (5) working days in advance, including documents in alternative formats.

Closed Session: Following, or at any time during the meeting, the Board may recess or adjourn to closed session to consider pending or potential litigation; property negotiations; or personnel-related matters.  Authority: Government Code Section 11126, subdivision (a)(1).

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